HOUSING HARTLEPOOL INVESTS IN HI-TECH SECURITY SYSTEMS
Issued on behalf of and with the approval of Housing Hartlepool
Pic caption: Resident William Henry Coles using the intercom
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Housing Hartlepool is investing £1.5 million on installing hi-tech security systems and improving communal areas in 34 blocks of its flats.
New entry systems, featuring a camera intercom, to allow residents to see who is at the front door before letting them into the building, are being fitted at a cost of £250,000.
Other improvements include:
• Replacing communal area floor tiles and decorating walls in a colour scheme chosen by those living in the block. These improvements include putting plaster board over the existing brickwork, followed by skimming and painting;
• Installing new sensor lighting that is activated on entry into the building;
• Either the demolition of store cupboards to open up entrance areas or the installation of new doors and frames if storage areas are being retained;
• New hi-tech entry key fobs;
• New stair rails;
• Heating in communal areas.
The work, which takes six to eight weeks at individual blocks, is expected to be completed by the end of March.
Catherine Purdy, Housing Hartlepool’s Chief Executive, said: “It is of paramount importance that our residents feel safe and secure in their homes and this is reflected by the substantial investment we are making to update the security in our flats throughout the town.
“We also find that when residents are given a say in how an area or facilities are improved it forges a sense of ownership and pride in where they live.”
The investment forms part of Housing Hartlepool’s mission to bring its properties up to the Government’s Decent Homes standard. This stipulates that properties need to have reasonably modern facilities and be warm and weatherproof.
Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
The housing service is provided from three neighbourhood-based offices.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk